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2018 Day of Remembrance Events

Saturday, April 14, 2018

  • 9 a.m. — 3.2 Mile Run in Remembrance — Virginia Tech Campus
    Run registration
  • 2 p.m. — Inter-Faith Service — War Memorial Chapel
    Seating will begin at 1:30 p.m.
    Please note there will be no late entry permitted to the service.

Monday, April 16, 2018

  • Midnight — Lighting of Ceremonial Candle(UPDATE) Burruss Hall
    The ceremonial candle will be lit by representatives of the student body and the names of the 32 Hokies lost on April 16, 2007, will be read. The Corps of Cadets will stand guard for 32 minutes. The candle will remain lit for 24 hours. 
    Special advisory: Because of weather the midnight memorial candle lighting ceremony will be held in Burruss Auditorium rather than the April 16 Memorial. All are welcome to attend the event. Once the inclement weather passes, the memorial candle will be brought from the Burruss Auditorium stage to the memorial for the remainder of the day until it is extinguished at 11:59 p.m.
  • 9:43 a.m. — Wreath Laying and Moment of Silence — April 16 Memorial
  • 11:27 p.m. — Cadet Guard — April 16 Memorial
    Members of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets will stand guard at the April 16th Memorial for 32 minutes.
  • 11:59 p.m. — Extinguishing of Ceremonial Candle — April 16 Memorial
    Members of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets will stand guard for 32 minutes prior to the 11:59 p.m. extinguishing. The candle will be extinguished, and the light will be carried back into Burruss Hall, representing the commitment to never forget.

    Note: In the event of inclement weather, event updates will be posted to this page.

Expressions of Remembrance

Library Exhibits

Three exhibits will be available in Newman Library: “In the Third Person: Community Photographs after April 16, 2007,” features photographs from the community and “A Community of Learners, a Legacy of Achievement,” features images of the 32 victims and a selection of books reflecting their disciplines and interest. Both exhibits are in the 2nd floor commons, April 12 - April 17 during library hours. “Remembrance and Recognition,” a Special Collections’ exhibit, includes the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School memory book and is open April 13 (noon - 5), 14 (9 - 5), and 16 & 17 (8 -5).

A small garden space for quiet reflection is outside of Squires Student Center’s Old Dominion Ballroom.

2018 Alumni Chapter Remembrance Events

Central Pennsylvania Chapter

Saturday, April 14, 2018, 9 AM to 11 AM

3.2 for 32 Run/Walk in Remembrance
Bullfrog Valley Park & Trail, Hershey, PA 17036

More information on our Facebook page or contact

Denver Chapter

Saturday, April 21, 2018, 12 PM

3.2 for 32 Walk/Run in Remembrance
Denver South High School, 1700 E Louisiana Ave, Denver, CO 80210

More information on our Facebook page or contact Mark Hojegian at

First State Chapter

Saturday, April 7, 2018, 8 AM to 3:30 PM

Virginia Tech Big Event and Day of Remembrance Project for Habitat for Humanity
Location TBD

More information on our Facebook page or contact Harold Schneikert at

National Capital Region Chapter

Monday, April 16, 2018, 2:30 to 7 PM

VT Remembrance Blood Drive
Virginia Tech Northern Virginia Center, 7054 Haycock Rd, Falls Church, VA 22043

More information on our Facebook page or visit our website

NC Triad Chapter

Saturday, April 14, 2018, 8 AM to 3 PM

Virginia Tech Remembrance Build: Forsyth County Habitat for Humanity
Location TBD in Forsyth County (Winston-Salem)

Sign-up online or contact Tom Parker at or 336-784-1263

Philadelphia Chapter

Date and time TBD

3.2 for 32 Walk/Run in Remembrance
Flourtown Pavilion at Fort Washington State Park

Visit our website for more information

Richmond Chapter

Monday, April 16, 2018 – 11:30 a.m. — 5 p.m.  

11th Annual Memorial Blood Drives

VT Richmond Center, Suite 300 (2810 N. Parham Road, third floor)

To sign up,  visit
Please use group code: 7755 to make an appointment

Tuesday, April 24, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Riverfront Plaza Atrium, 951 E. Byrd St., Richmond
To pre-register, please visit and type Sponsor Code “RVAHokies” Shenandoah Chapter

Monday, April 16, 2018, 12 PM

11th Annual April 16th Virginia Tech Memorial Blood Drive
Youth Development Center, 3 Battaile Drive, Winchester, VA 22601

More information on our Facebook page or contact Vicki Culbreth at

Tidewater Chapter

Date and location TBD

April 16 Remembrance Memorial Service
VT Hampton Roads Center, 1444 Diamond Spring Rd, Virginia Beach, VA

Visit our website for more information

Central Florida

Date: Saturday, April 16, 6:30 PM

Location: Baldwin Park (near Gator's)

We will be meeting at 6:30 PM for a sunset walk or run in remembrance of the 32 lives lost 11 years ago. Plan to meet by the fountain, complete your distance and then grab a drink with your fellow Hokies at Gators. For more information, contact P.J. Pietrandrea.

Central Virginia

Memorial Run/Walk – Saturday, 14th @ 10am. 3.2 miles at Percival’s Island in remembrance of 4/16/07. For more information, contact Duke Grant or visit their Facebook page.

Charleston Chapter

Saturday, April 14, 2018 | 9 a.m.

3.2 for 32 Walk/Run in Remembrance
Marion Square (Meet at the Calhoun Statue)

We will have a 3.2 mile Walk/Run in Remembrance around downtown Charleston to honor our fellow Hokie students and teachers lost eleven years ago, on April 16, 2007. Join us after the walk/run for some food and socializing. For questions, contact Charleston Chapter President Tiffany P. Ritchie


The Chapter will hold a local 3.2 mile run Saturday morning, April 14th to remember the 32. For more information, contact David Frix.


The Minnesota Chapter is hosting a 3.2 mile walk on Saturday, April 14 at 9:45 AM, Bde Maka Ska/Lake Calhoun, Wear maroon & orange; kids and dogs are welcome! For more information, contact Grant Gardner.

New England

Join New England Hokies for the annual 3.2 mile Run in Remembrance on Saturday, April 14th. Meet at the northeast corner of Boston Common, near Park Street Station, at 12:45pm. For more information, contact Bill Saam.

Peninsula Chapter

April 14, 2018 at 10:30 AM

Day of Remembrance Run/Walk
Fort Monroe Boardwalk next to the Paradise Ocean Club
490 Fenwick Road, Fort Monroe, VA 23651

Open to all Hokies, families, and friends. We’ll be having a potluck picnic immediately following the walk/run; please bring a dish to share. Visit our Facebook page or contact Louise Schaeffler at for more details


Help us pay tribute to the lives affected on 4/16/2007 and get the Virginia Tech Memorial Garden ready for summer during a cleanup on Saturday April 7, 2018, as part of The Big Event. We will begin at 9am and wrap up around 12pm for lunch. Gore's will be providing lunch for all who help. Bring your work gloves, gardening tools, and Hokie spirit! Bring the whole family. The garden is located in Sherando Park, Stephens City. Official Virginia Tech Big Event shirts for all participants. If you have questions, contact Vicki Culbreth at or call 704-900-9564.

Triangle Chapter

Join us for our annual 3.2 for 32 memorial run/walk in honor of fellow Hokies and friends lost in 2007. We'll gather at Big Boss Brewery then head out to the Greenway together for the 3.2 mile run/walk. This event is open to all and we'll have kid-friendly activities available as well. You do not have to run or walk to participate. If you can't run or walk you are still very welcome to join us at Big Boss to spend time with other Hokies. And be sure to wear you orange and maroon. The run/walk is noncompetitive and free to participate. Non-Hokies and friends are welcome to join us. We'll also be collecting optional donations for the food bank at the run. For more information, contact Brent Laurenz.